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Four Paths Five Destinations

Graebner, Cornelia (2010) Four Paths Five Destinations. Cosmos and History : the Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 6 (2). 1-19, 93-112. ISSN 1832-9101

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Abstract

This article contests the popular assumption that literature is ever less politically relevant. Quite the contrary is the case: literature and literary language becomes increasingly important for the alter-globalization movement and for the notion that ‘another world is possible.’ The work of four authors - Manu Chao, Eduardo Galeano, Subcomandante Marcos, and José Saramago - are comparatively analysed in light of their contribution to an alternative globalism and to an alternative practice of politics. All four authors contribute from different perspectives to the literary articulation of a political project. Their work shares characteristics such as the permeability of genres, the emphasis on the poetical over the narrative, a meandering structure that expresses the search for and step-by-step construction of a cultural and political alternative, and an emphasis on translation and encounter as principles of interaction with difference.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cosmos and History : the Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords: alter-globalization ; political literature ; Quixotic ; poetics ; literary genres
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 34438
Deposited By: Dr Cornelia Graebner
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2010 11:47
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2013 15:15
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34438

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